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Learning to walk normal after knee replacement

Joint Replacements | Last Active: Jul 20 6:25pm | Replies (22)

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It looks like this group hasn't been used in quite a while, so I don't know if this will get any response. I saw one post that said you should walk 30 minutes twice a day. I know everyone's recovery is different, but now I'm in tears. I'm 4 weeks out from surgery, and I too am having to retrain my leg to straighten in the back and bend in the front when I walk. I'm so slow! I'm doing all the exercises, but only once a day, and I'm not walking very much because I'm so frustrated. Apparently, I'd better get on it!

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Hello @sherrys77, Welcome to Connect. 4 weeks out from surgery is still a little early in the recovery process and you are right, everyone is a little different. After my knee replacement it was suggested that I did the leg exercises 3 or 4 times a day and then ice and elevate the leg to control swelling. For the first month I used my walker and just walked around on the driveway and in the house. A little later I switched to using a cane until I was able to walk without it.

Can you share what is most frustrating for you?

Oh, my, Sherry, hips are easier than knees and NO way could I ever have walked that long 4 or even 6 weeks(I had 2 toal hip replacements and 2 total revisions and a partial.) for the exercises, John is right- more than once a day and ice after.
The recommendation by my PT for walking was to begin with 5 minutes 3 times a day and gradually work up to 30 minutes.

If I was still having trouble walking right at 3 months, I'd ask for another PT evaluation and possibly gait training.

Hang in there your body is still healing and by itself that takes a lot of energy.

How is your pain doing?

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